Welcome to the first session of Words&Words&Words, a new poetry reading series at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. We are especially honoured to be able to include poets from the North Wales International Poetry Festival in this special session of the series. In addition to a number of 5-minute open mic slots (sign up on the night), we are thrilled to have the following special performances:
Special Guest Poet: Matthew Francis
- Matthew Francis is the author of five poetry collections, of which the latest is Muscovy, published by Faber in 2013. His poetry has twice been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, and in 2004 he was chosen as one of the Next Generation poets. He is the editor of W.S. Graham’s New Collected Poems, and author of a critical study of Graham, Where the People Are. He is Professor in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University.
- Bilingual collaborative poetry: Eurig Salisbury and Hywel Griffiths
- Mae blynyddoedd lawer wedi mynd heibio ers i Eurig a Hywel ddechrau cyfnewid llinellau o farddoniaeth ar y bws i ddifyrru’r amser ar y daith i’r ysgol … mae’r cydweithio barddol yn parhau, ond bellach gyda cherddi go iawn, pramiau a barfau amheus!
- Many years have passed since Eurig and Hywel first started swapping lines of poetry on the bus to pass the time on the daily school commute … the poetic collaboration continues, but now with proper poems, prams and dodgy facial hair!
- North Wales International Poetry Festival poets
- Kārlis Vērdiņš (Latvia) poet, translator of T.S Eliot, Walt Whitman, Joseph Brodsky and others, literary critic, researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia, and musician in the literary band Maukas (Sluts).
- Jana Putrle Srdić (Slovenia) poet and translator of English-language poetry.
- Nikola Petković (Croatia) is a poet, novelist and Professor Professor at Department of Cultural Studies, University of Rijeka.
- Ivana Simić Bodrožić (Croatia) poet and prose writer, published five books, including the award-winning autobiographical novel Hotel Zagorje.
- Marko Pogačar (Croatia) published four poetry collections, three books of essays and a short story collection. He is the editor of Quorum, a literary magazine, and Zarez, a bi-weekly for cultural and social issues. His texts have been translated into some thirty languages.
- Cross-art-form performance: Mary Jacob and Stu Hampton, poetry and music collaboration
- Guest compere: Nia Davies
The event is part of the North Wales International Poetry Festival organised in cooperation with Literature Across Frontiers, Poetry Wales and Wales PEN and with support of the Croatian Writers’ Association and Ministry of Culture of Croatia, Latvian Literature Centre, Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, Creative Europe programme, and Aberystwyth, Bangor and Liverpool Universities.
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